Rat-biter banned from pets

The Myanmar Times - - The Pulse -

AN Aus­tralian man who filmed him­self bit­ing the head off a live rat and post­ing the video on Face­book was banned yes­ter­day from own­ing pets for three years and or­dered to do com­mu­nity ser­vice.

Matthew Maloney, known as “Mad Matt”, was charged fol­low­ing a raid by RSPCA in­ves­ti­ga­tors after the bizarre stunt in Jan­uary, which at­tracted hun­dreds of thou­sands of on­line views.

The 25-year-old ad­mit­ted one count of an­i­mal cru­elty in Bris­bane Mag­is­trates Court and was or­dered to com­plete 100 hours of com­mu­nity ser­vice, while be­ing slapped with the pet ban.

Mag­is­trate Suzette Coates de­scribed him as a “nar­cis­sist” and he ex­pressed re­morse, although he told re­porters out­side court that his ac­tions “weren’t that bad”, ac­cord­ing to the Aus­tralian Broad­cast­ing Cor­po­ra­tion.

The video shows Maloney storm­ing into a room, bit­ing off the rat’s head and wash­ing it down with three shots of vodka. He then gets punched in the face and has a chair bro­ken over his back be­fore say­ing “beat that”.

The clip was re­port­edly an at­tempt to cre­ate a dis­turb­ing new so­cial­me­dia chal­lenge.

He was un­re­pen­tant at the time after a string of com­ments brand­ing him dis­gust­ing.

“All your com­ments are crack­ing me up and not one per­son out there will be able to say any­thing that will make me feel bad or make me re­gret what i did,” he wrote on Face­book.

“Its mother na­ture and mans gotta eat!” –

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